Saturday, 7 April 2012
Game of Thrones: An appreciation
The series, made by HBO, is based on the bestselling books of George R. R. Martin and prior to catching the first series of Game of Thrones I had not read any of the books. Of course I've remedied that now, becoming hooked on the series and currently half way through Steel and Snow. But this meant that the twists in the first season were fresh to me. I was shocked rigid when the supposed star of the show, Sean Bean was beheaded towards the end of the first season. It was a genuine all too rare moment when TV actually shocked the viewer. And of course by this episode I had become so enthralled in the show that I was totally cocooned in the world that HBO had so faithfully created on the screen. Apparently I'm not the only one who has been sucked in by this show - when the season one box set was released on DVD last month it set sales records for an HBO series in both the UK and American markets.
HBO have been responsible for some great shows - Band of Brothers and Deadwood to name but two but Game of Thrones is something else, a true artistic masterpiece. A show that takes over your entire life. At the moment the second episode of the second season is about to air, and after last week's season opener I am again hooked on the show, and each episode is an highlight of my week. I don't really watch that much television these days but there are certain shows that I will never miss and Game of Thrones is one of them,
For those unfamiliar with the show is that is is an epic adult fantasy and there is much violence and nudity and a fair sprinkling of sex vut the sex is not gratuitous as it is in some of the current soft porn shows masquerading as adventure series - Spartacus hang your head. Game of Thrones is the real deal and whilst it doesn't shy away from depicting sex it doesn't make it a chief selling point. And if there is a chief point to the series it is with the characters, each of them, even down to the minor supporting characters are finely and richly drawn. And the acting is of the best quality throughout.
Game of Thrones truly is something special and if you're not watching it yet then you need to remedy that at once.